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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Sherman Working to Stop Trump Sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service

  

Aug 19, 2020
Press Release
Statement by Congressman Brad Sherman on President Trump's Assault on the USPS

The United States Postal Service has always stood as a pillar of our democracy, providing critical services for Valley Residents and Americans across the nation: delivering prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans. As we continue to grapple with an unprecedented pandemic, these services become even more critical now. 

Yet, President Trump is waging a campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters. Across the nation, Postmaster General DeJoy continues to push forward sweeping new operational changes that degrade postal service, delay the mail and threaten to deny the ability of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming elections in a timely fashion. 

That's why my House Democratic colleagues and I continue to respond urgently to address the sabotage of the Postal Service, which threatens lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy: 

-- I cosponsored a bill by Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney entitled the "Delivering for America Act", which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020. Later this week my House colleagues and I will vote on this important legislation.

-- I joined many of my Democratic colleagues in two letters to Postmaster General DeJoy including in a detailed, ten-page letter giving the Postmaster General a one-week deadline to produce a host of key documents and information relating to these matters. 

-- I joined with over 190 House Democrats and Leader Schumer calling for a reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated the delays of mail.

-- In May, I voted for the HEROES Act which includes $25 billion to save the United States Postal Service and end the Treasury Department’s obstruction of the $10 billion loan previously authorized for USPS in the CARES Act.

Yesterday, thanks to the activism of Democrats and the American people, Postmaster General DeJoy announced what may be a temporary pause in operational changes delaying the mail.  This is a necessary but insufficient first step in ending the President’s election sabotage campaign.  This pause only halts a limited number of the Postmaster’s changes, does not reverse damage already done and alone is not enough to ensure voters will not be disenfranchised by the President this fall.

My House Democratic colleagues and I will continue to respond urgently to address the sabotage of the Postal Service, which threatens lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy. 

I have long supported the post office and our letter carriers by consistently approving increased funding to the USPS:

-- In 2019, I cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to the agency by ending the 2005 prefunding mandate for future retiree health benefits. This legislation passed the House in February 2020 with 87 Republicans voting in favor of the bill. This legislation awaits Senate consideration. 

-- I supported H.Res.54, introduced in 2019, which urges the U.S. Postal Service to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service. 

-- In 2018, I supported H.Res. 993 which reaffirmed Congress’ belief that the United States Postal Service should remain an independent establishment, and that the Trump Administration should take all appropriate measures to prevent the privatization of the USPS. 

-- In 2017, I supported the Postal Reform Act which established a Postal Service Health Benefits Program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to offer health benefits plans for USPS employees. 

-- In 2006, U.S. Postal Service officials agreed to my request to extend final collection times at key San Fernando Valley post offices, which helped local businesses and residents send and receive mail on time.

-- In 2009, I supported S. 1507, the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Funding Reform Act, which aims to bolster options and strategies for the long-term structural and operational reforms of the USPS necessary to achieve financial stability and long-term fiscal viability.

-- I have consistently supported Resolutions expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should discontinue the practice of contracting out mail delivery services. 

My support for the USPS has always remained steadfast and will continue as we now fight to protect the USPS and our democratic rights. 


President Trump is willing to delay mail -- medicines, paychecks, absentee ballots, more -- to countless Americans during a pandemic and in the run up to an election where mail-in ballots will be vital to ensuring Americans can safely exercise their right to vote. 

My Democratic colleagues and I will continue to work tirelessly to protect the USPS and the integrity of our elections.